Functional medicine is, at its core, a partnership of patient and practitioner. Functional medicine uses a systems-oriented approach in order to identify imbalances in the body that may cause illness and disease.
Many functional medicine practitioners also utilize an integrative medicine approach. Integrative medicine seeks to treat the whole person body, mind, spirit, and environment. Functional medicine when paired with integrative medicine can be highly effective in helping patients use their own body’s innate abilities to reach a higher state of health and wellbeing. At InShape Medical, we believe strongly in this approach to medicine and utilize it in our own lives.
What is the Difference Between Functional Medicine and Conventional Medicine?
Conventional medicine and functional medicine are similar in some important ways. Both medical models are practiced by licensed medical professionals. Additionally, they are both also evidence-based, use diagnostic testing, and may also use prescription medications.
In general, conventional medicine is excellent in caring for patients with acute and urgent medical conditions, such as heart attacks, broken bones, or other acute traumas. Medical specialists & surgeons, urgent care facilities, emergency rooms, hospital staff, etc. have a very important role in the delivery of quality healthcare to patients. These conventional medicine practitioners are typically very effective at treating these acute health problems.
Functional medicine, however, differs from conventional medicine in that the focus is on treating the underlying cause rather than focusing on treating the symptoms. By treating underlying causes, symptoms may be reduced, or eliminated entirely. Conversely, conventional medicine often focuses on symptoms, which may result in long term use of medications that produce side effects and potential harm to the body’s systems.
Functional medicine practitioners believe that each patient is unique in their circumstances. Therefore, each patient’s individual needs are assessed in developing a plan for optimal health, taking the whole person into consideration.
Important Points to Remember About Functional Medicine:
- Health & Wellbeing Oriented
- Patient Centered
- Personal, Individualized Approach
- Partnership between Patient & Practitioner
- Understands the Connectivity of Mind & Body
- Uses a Bodily Systems Approach
- Understands and Treats the Root Causes of Illness and Disease
The practitioners at InShape Medical may choose from many effective treatments to create an individualized program to address your personal wellness needs. The treatments and diagnostics in your program may include:
Immune Function Treatments and Testing
With so many infectious diseases and cancers becoming prevalent in recent years (including the dangerous novel coronavirus, covid-19), patients ask if there are things they can do to strengthen their immune system to help prevent illness. Our response in most all cases, “absolutely”.
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InShape Medical practitioners believe in a healing-oriented approach to wellness that considers the whole person. This approach to wellness recognizes that the mind, body, spirit, and community are all factors in optimal health.
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Many people focus only on macronutrient balance (protein, carbohydrates, fat). And many others focus only on vitamins. However, micronutrient balance (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants) is very important, and simple vitamin testing alone is not enough to give you the whole picture.
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IV Vitamin Therapy
IV vitamin therapy (also called IV infusion therapy, or IV nutrition therapy) takes your supplemental vitamin regimen to the next level. Our trained functional medicine practitioners can create a customized IV therapy plan specific to your individual needs to treat a variety of health and wellness issues – or even to just help you feel your best! No matter where you are on your health and wellness journey, consider IV vitamin therapy to assist your progress.
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Vitamin B-12 Injections
Tired and run down? This just may be the energy boost you need! B12 can give you an energy boost and also help boost your metabolism. Vitamin B12 is crucial in keeping your body running at its best. Increasingly the benefits of B12 injections are being discovered as researchers continue to look closely at the critical role this vitamin plays in our health.
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Weight Loss Programs
At InShape Medical, we know that not every weight loss program is right for everyone. That’s why we have a selection of highly effective weight loss programs. In fact, many of our past and present clients believe we have the best weight loss program in the Triangle. Our experienced staff has worked with thousands of clients throughout the Raleigh-Durham area, and beyond.
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Medical Grade Supplements
Achieving positive health depends on a balance of good nutrition, appropriate physical activity, restful sleep, effective stress management and more. Nutritional supplementation may be required to achieve your health goals. InShape Medical’s supplement store provides convenient access to trusted supplements. We stock only the highest quality supplements in our store.
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We hope that you’ll allow the practitioners at InShape Medical the opportunity to partner with you in reaching the best health and wellbeing possible for you. Contact us today to schedule your first in-depth functional medicine consultation.